One Gene, Many Disorders – Are You Suffering From Syndrome X

November 22, 2010 by  
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I’m always astonished to discover how people who are obese, or even just slightly over-fat, tend to be filled with poisonous self-­loathing because they blame themselves for their condition. True, there is no doubt that many people who battle with weight control are eating the wrong food. But there arc an equal number of miser­able dieters who truly are not to blame for the despised extra flab.

Enter Syndrome X.

Research has shown beyond a doubt that a tendency towards obe­sity can be inherited; written on your genes in indelible ink. This knowledge may once have offered little comfort to those spending a lifetime fighting the battle of the bulge but do not despair!

Recent exciting research developments have revealed many insights into the problem of obesity, and the most exciting of all is the dis­covery of Syndrome X, also known as Metabolic Syndrome. And with the understanding of the problem, come the solutions!

There are many serious lifestyle diseases that plague the popula­tion of Westernized countries, among them obesity. high blood pres­sure, high cholesterol, heart disease, diabetes and kidney problems. Until several years ago, these tended to be considered in isolation. Then came a revelation: these major lifestyle diseases are usually symptoms of one larger, multifaceted ‘umbrella’ disorder, Syndrome x.

This intriguing metabolic abnormality describes the relationship that exists between the major lifestyle diseases, and is extremely common. People are often surprised to learn 01at Syndrome X is inherited, and is caused by a genetic abnormality that fails to regu­late leptin -a chemical messenger that controls fat stores in your body. A major manifestation of Syndrome X is an extreme difficul­ty with losing weight -even when you think you are eating the ‘right’ food -and that is what this book is all about.

From a nutritional point of view, dietary fat is the main enemy of people with Syndrome X, and the disorder is also strongly associated with blood sugar control and the type of carbohydrates you eat.

Signs and symptoms

Only a medical practitioner familiar with Syndrome X can make a definite diag­nosis. Even though it is extremely common, not all practitioners are well acquainted with it. Syndrome X is thought to be inherited, so the more symp­toms that are present in your family members, the greater the chance that you are suffering -or will suffer -from this condition. The following are the symp­toms and associated disorders of Syndrome X:

  • cholesterol problems
  • obesity
  • difficulty in losing fat, even with repeated attempts at dieting
  • adult-onset (Type II) diabetes mellitus
  • high blood pressure
  • polycystic ovarian syndrome
  • kidney problems
  • ongoing water retention
  • heart problems (angina, thromboses, strokes)
  • headaches
  • lethargy
  • accumulation of fat around the hips, thighs and belly
  • a family history of the above

The basis of the X Diet is to remove all possible fats from the diet as best you can, an to increase your intake of slow-releasing car­bohydrates.

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